The church tower of the Sint Jacobskerk in The Hague will soon be open to visitors. As of the beginning of April the City Mondial Foundation will provide tours in the so-called ‘Haagse Toren’. The tower will become the newest tourist attraction in The Hague.
The church tower will be the source of employment for job seekers who are receiving social assistance (STiP-banen). Enthusiastic volunteers are being sought to give the tours.
The hexagonal ‘Haagse Toren’ was constructed in the 15th century and is one of the oldest buildings in The Hague along with the Binnenhof and the Abdijkerk in Loosduinen. The top of the tower provides a spectacular 360-degree view over the downtown area and Scheveningen. Visitors can climb the 350 steps to the balcony during a guided tour. There they can walk around the tower.
The tower will initially stay open for 3 years. Thereafter there will be an evaluation to determine whether and how the tower can remain open to visitors for a longer time.